Board of Directors

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of:  the duly elected Officers; the Immediate Past Chairman; three Regional Directors elected by the Directors from the regional sectors; and the President.

  • Brian Gwin
    Brian Gwin
    Industrial Development Manager Norfolk Southern Corporation (803)748-1284
  • Jana Dyke
    Jana Dyke
    Georgia Certified Economic Development Professional President & CEO Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission 912-283-2112
    First Vice Chair
  • Tim Weston
    Tim Weston
    Vice President Brasfield & Gorrie (662)891-0126
    Second Vice Chair
  • Joe Hines
    Joe Hines
    Senior Principal & Director of Economic Dev Timmons 804.200.6380
    Secretary / Treasurer
  • Courtland Robinson
    Courtland Robinson
    MPA Business Recruitment Brasfield & Gorrie (804)512-4776
    Mid-Atlantic Director
  • Richard Blackwell
    Richard Blackwell
    SCCED, MPA, EcDMP Vice President of Development Agracel (864)784-5736
    South East Regional Director
  • Chris Masingill
    Chris Masingill
    Chief Executive Officer St. Tammany Corporation (985)809-7874
    Western Regional Director
  • Scott Poag
    Scott Poag
    CEcD Director of Business Development Yates Construction (706)726-9706
    Immediate Past Chair
  • Matt Tackett
    Matt Tackett
    President Southern Economic Development Council

State Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of: a Director duly elected from each state listed in Article IV of the By-Laws, the duly elected Officers, and the Immediate Past Chairman. 

  • Andrea Anderson
    Andrea Anderson
    Vice President of Economic Development Ardmore Development Authority (580)223-6162
    State Director
  • Richard Blackwell
    Richard Blackwell
    SCCED, MPA, EcDMP Vice President of Development Agracel (864)784-5736
    State Director
  • Edward Burch
    Edward Burch
    Director of Business Development Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (615)878-0016
    State Director
  • Rene DeBerdt
    Rene DeBerdt
    Construction and Development Manager Denham-Blythe (859)255-7405x113
    State Director
  • Uconda Dunn
    Uconda Dunn
    Vice President, Business Development Greenville - ENC Alliance 12527513416
    State Director
  • Terrell Ellis
    Terrell Ellis
    Executive Director Advantage Valley Inc. (304)546-7323
    State Director
  • Meryl Fisackerly
    Meryl Fisackerly
    Chief Operating Officer Golden Triangle Development LINK (662)574-1145
    State Director
  • Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
    Burdette (Pete) Fullerton
    PhD, EDFP, CEcD, PCED, HLM Deputy Director KC Aviation Department (816)243-3005
    State Director
  • Adam Gawarecki
    Adam Gawarecki
    President/ CEO San Patricio County EDC (361)704-3070
    State Director
  • Missy Kendrick
    Missy Kendrick
    EDFP, IOM President Rome Floyd County Development Authority (706)413-4213
    State Director
  • Zach McHatton
    Zach McHatton
    Community Development Director City of Newton, Kansas (316)300-0153
    State Director
  • Mandi Mitchell
    Mandi Mitchell
    President/CEO Lafayette Economic Development Authority (337)593-1416
    State Director
  • Courtland Robinson
    Courtland Robinson
    MPA Business Recruitment Brasfield & Gorrie (804)512-4776
    State Director
  • Bethany Shockney
    Bethany Shockney
    President/CEO Limestone County Economic Development Association (256)232-2386
    State Director
  • Kelly Smallridge
    Kelly Smallridge
    President & CEO Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (561)324-0725
    State Director
  • Jack Thomas
    Jack Thomas
    Vice President, Economic Development Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce (501)377-6007
    State Director

Alternate State Directors

  • Christopher Bontrager
    Christopher Bontrager
    MPA Vice President of Retail Development East Montgomery County Improvement District (205)534-4916
    Alternate State Director
  • Jim DeCesare
    Jim DeCesare
    MBA Sr. Partner The DeCesare Group (270)792-5779
    Alternate State Director
  • Sara Doss
    Sara Doss
    Director of Business Development Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (662)574-2929
    Alternate State Director
  • Josh Fenn
    Josh Fenn
    Executive Director Henry County Development Authority (770)288-8000
    Alternate State Director
  • Zach Gilmore
    Zach Gilmore
    Business Consultant (850)557-5634
    Alternate State Director
  • Kreg Haney
    Kreg Haney
    MBA, CEcD, EDFP Senior Manager Economic Develoment Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (580)380-1544
    Alternate State Director
  • Oppie Jordan
    Oppie Jordan
    Vice President Carolinas Gateway Partnership (252)904-4498
    Alternate State Director
  • Steven Lamm
    Steven Lamm
    Vice President of Economic Development Jonesboro Unlimited (870)897-1430
    Alternate State Director
  • Steven Leyh
    Steven Leyh
    Executive Director Tucker County Development Authority (304)614-8839
    Alternate State Director
  • Ashley Llewellyn
    Ashley Llewellyn
    M.S., CLED Director of Strategic Initiatives St. Tammany Corporation (985)809-7874
    Alternate State Director
  • David Manley
    David Manley
    Executive Director Joint IDA of Wythe County, VA (276)223-3370
    Alternate State Director
  • James Oltman
    James Oltman
    President - ElevateEdgerton! Elevate Edgerton! (913)882-2500
    Alternate State Director
  • Kellen Riley
    Kellen Riley
    Senior Director – Industrial Development CSX Transportation, Inc. (803)748-1281
    Alternate State Director
  • Lindsay Theobald
    Lindsay Theobald
    CEcD, IOM CEO Obion County Joint Economic Development Corporation (731)885-0211
    Alternate State Director
  • Jason Wright
    Jason Wright
    Vice President North Alabama Industrial Development Association (256)353-9450
    Alternate State Director